Because standing postures require no equipment and very little space, they can be practiced anytime, anywhere. They can be suggested to your child during a lengthy wait, possibly inviting other children and making it a group game.
This pose develops your child’s concentration, balance, and feet muscles. It strengthens the legs and works on shoulder, hip, knee, and ankle flexibility. The arms’ vertical movement opens the thorax and increases the blood flow to the heart.
- Stand with your legs slightly apart.
- One leg firmly anchored on the floor, start bending the other, heel turned inward.
- Slowly bring the heel onto the knee of the other leg. if the child is able, you can help bringing the heel onto the thigh.
- Bring your arms up, palms pointing to the ceiling.
- While inhaling, join both hands above your head, arms extended. It is helpful to fix your gaze on a point straight ahead of you: ocular stability is essential to keep your balance.
- Exhale while coming back to the original position. Switch sides. Repeat three times on each side.